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Six Smart Last Minute Shopping Tips

These are the last days to ship gifts on time, but costs rise as we approach the weekend deadlines.


Ditto if you haven’t booked hotels yet.


Don’t stress! Shoppers have an extra weekend this year to shop in-person and several options to finish up online without absorbing rush shipping costs. Travelers still have options, too.


Here are six smart last-minute shopping tips from the experts at Ebates:


1. Deadlines: Shipping on time can get costly, know your store’s schedules and utilize free in-store pickup if available

2. Gift Cards: Get gift cards same day in-store, or eGift Cards online within minutes

3. Subscriptions: Magazines, TV, Classes, Gaming, etc. can be purchased online as a gift

4. Spa-Beauty: Local gift certificates for salon treatments are an easy last-minute gift. Buy through Groupon for additional savings and cash back.

5. Event Tickets: Concerts, sporting events, theater and movie tickets can all be purchased online w/o shipping concerns

6. Hotels Bookings: Last minute travel woes are stressful (see Holiday Travel Study). Try booking at business hotels that tend to be less busy during holidays. Ebates Hotels offers 7% cash back on last minute bookings for you, or as a gift.

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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